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    • Shilah
    • 13.07.10 | 00:21 (IDT)

    As for the fact of a female handling a Torah scroll: why should half the human race be banned from the joy of touching the very words of the Creator ? why ? I can't imagine a good reason for this. & Didn't unbeleiving women lead Israel astray ? We should do all we can to ENCOURAGE women & girls to study, understand, practice, and love Torah. ...another person said the scroll was never undressed, & the women were bringing it to the place where reading it was allowed, but the police interfered & didn't permit. So, which law is really in force: the one agreed to? or the one practiced in this matter ? so: did the rabbis lie when they agreed to a compromise ? such "leaders" should be honest & keep their agreements ! & re. the general shomer kashrut: though a US woman, I have no problem with the practice. i DO object to the motive & method. The men should be saying gently, "please do us the favor of helping us stay ritually pure, so when Messiah arrives we're ready at a minute's notice to drop our business and serve Him." These women are not trying to be men, or to be masculine; they want to know & honor & proclaim G-d, who sanctifies ALL of His people thru His commands...He doesn't only sanctify males !...as for the Wall being 2/3 for men & only 1/3 for women: I agree, it's unfair. But maybe it indicates that men have a greater need to do teshuvah ! ;-)

    from the article: Police arrest Women of the Wall leader for praying with Torah scroll
    First published 11:34 12.07.10 | Last updated 11:34 12.07.10
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